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our 12 y/o whippet has a pituitary adenoma and is in his final

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our 12 y/o whippet has a pituitary adenoma and is in his final days. We'd like to keep him going a few more days until our daughter can come home from school to say good-bye. But our dog can't stop pacing. He'll rest if we give him some Xanax (0.5mg), but we were wondering if there is something else we can do. I'm an MD so can get medications at the pharmacy if needed. It's Sunday so our vet isn't taking calls.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Marcia replied 8 years ago.
<p>Hello,Customer and thank you so much for your question!</p><p> </p><p>I hope I can be of some help and assistance. </p><p>I'm sorry to hear about your whippet. I hope that he will be okay while you wait for your daughter. I know these can be very tough moments to go through as a family and my heart goes out to you. </p><p>As for other medication options to quiet him down, first of all, I don't know his exact weight, but there is quite a dosage range on the alprazolam (xanax). So you could check the dosage information I'm pasting here from my online formulary and see if you could be giving more of that, and it can be given up to every 8 hours:</p><p> </p><p>Doses Alprazolam</p><p>Dogs</p><p>1. For treatment of canine anxiety disorders: 0.01-0.1 mg/kg PO as needed for panic, not to exceed 4 mg/dog/day. Start with 1-2 mg (total dose) for a medium-sized dog. (Overall 1997)</p><p>2. 0.022 mg/kg PO prn up to q8h (Reisner and Houpt 2000)</p><p>3. For storm phobias: 0.02-0.4 mg/kg PO q4h <em>prn</em>; helps to minimize impact of experiencing a severe storm (Crowell-Davis 2003c)</p><p>4. For phobias, night waking: 0.01-0.1 mg/kg or 0.25-2 mg (total dose) per dog PO q6-12h PO (Siebert 2003c)</p><p>Cats</p><p> </p><p>In general for dog tranquilization we use benzodiazepines like this or valium, or animal tranquilizers such as acepromazine (which you wouldn't have available at a human pharmacy), or controlled substances such as morphine. The tramadol has a slight sedative effect, being that it is in the same class as morphine. </p><p> </p><p>I would suggest trying a higher dosage of the Xanax, based on the guidelines above, as well as continuing the tramadol at a dose of 1-4 mg/kg q8-12 hours. If this does not cut it, you could even add benadryl, which can help take the edge off in dogs and is often used for dogs for mild anxiety (such as for storms or in the car). The dosage for dogs is 1-2 mg/lb up to every 8 hours. </p><p> </p><p>I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions, and again, I wish you and your family the best, XXXXX XXXXX very blessed Easter. </p><p> </p><p>Dr. Marcia </p>
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for the kind, quick, and thorough response.
Expert:  Dr. Marcia replied 8 years ago.
you are welcome and I appreciate your question!
Again, I wish you the best!

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Unfortunately, Taz kept getting worse and we decided to put him down. He wasn't eating or drinking and remained really confused and weak. We didn't think he would make it until Thursday (when our daughter is scheduled to arrive) and we didn't want him to continue to suffer. Thanks again for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Marcia replied 8 years ago.
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds like you made a very caring decision for your dog.
I hope you can still have a wonderful Easter with family today.
My condolences,
Dr. Marcia